Hello out there!
I just signed up with the listserv this week. It is my first unmoderated,
non-work related listserv, so I will probably just listen in for a while.
I recognize several names on the subscriber list, so just let me say HI
to Clarence, Dennis, Jim, and Mike.
And here is my 2 cents' worth: Living in a part of central Virginia hard
hit by the ice storms of '94 and the blizzards of '96 I am well
acquainted with the various manifestations of frost damage in iris:
snakey stalks, short stalks, buds that never mature or that open
upside-down on necks to weakened to hold them upright, etc. Not sure I
realized the 4-fall phenomenon was also related to frost. I just
accepted it as something they sometimes did. I have observed that the
last buds to open on a stalk are often more likely to be freaks.
I also learned the hard way about Roundup. I now use it on only
the calmest of days to edge the outside border of my beds separated in
most cases by 2-3 feet of chip mulch from the closest iris clumps. But I
no longer use it to control weeds between the rows of iris or around the
clumps. It seems to take only the slightest bit of drift or splatter,
especially in the spring when the plant is starting its growth, to affect
that year's bloom. My experience was that the next year's bloom was
fine. Live and learn.
Well, having said more that I intended, I will, as Kathy said, go back to
Lois Rose, just an iris lover in central Virginia